Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory
Columbia University Press, 2010 - 344 síğur
Michel Foucault was the first to embed the roots of human sexuality in discipline and biopolitics, therefore revolutionizing our conception of sex and its relationship to society, economics, and culture. Yet over the past two decades, scholars have limited themselves to the study of Foucault's History of Sexuality, volume 1 paying lesser attention to his equally explosive History of Madness. In this earlier volume, Foucault recasts Western rationalism as a project that both produces and represses sexual deviants, calling out the complicity of modern science and the exclusionary nature of family morality. By reclaiming these deft moves, Lynne Huffer teases out exciting new strands of Foucauldian thought. She then revisits the theorist's ethical work in light of these discoveries, divining an ethics of eros that sees sexuality as a lived experience we are repeatedly called on to remember. Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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The French intellectual community of which Foucault and his work are a part has
been slow to take up seriously any of the theorists , especially the queer and
feminist ones , who have so profoundly transformed the American intellectual ...
more often than not , from a French perspective the “ individual ” is viewed as
exemplifying the free choices and freedoms of a French republicanism that
stands in opposition to an “ identity ” that grows out of an American
As with the other moments of translation I've evoked in this book , the detail of a
French event's rendering into another language brings out questions about
linguistic differences that are not unrelated to the peculiar role played by
Sexuality One ...
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